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    Ok, I'm assuming the majority of poster's here are somewhere near as superstitious as I am when watching Pacers games. I have several personal superstitions that I use to bring good karma to the team.

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    1) I am very pessimistic (even Indytoad-like) the day of games, no matter how confident/scared I really am. Drives my friends nuts. I am even worse before any Colts game.

    2) If I'm at home watching the game and the other team makes a run or gets a big lead, I turn the channel for about 5 minutes. Mostly, this is to keep me from tossing the remote at the dog or through the window. Actually, this one seems to work the best for me. The P's almost always turn things around after the 5 minute channel-switch. Actually it worked TWICE tonight.

    3) I will switch viewing positions from my couch to the love seat to the chair, trying to find the optimum karma-building technique. I will stick with the one that's worked the best for the 4th quarter.

    4) If things are going bad, I will get something to eat before the start of the 4th quarter. This one doesn't seem to work as well, but damn do I like Chips Ahoy!


    My question . . . what are some of your superstitious techniques to bring some good luck to the team?

    Come on now, I know I'm not the only one here.....

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    i share #'s 2 and 3 with you...thats basically it

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    I will also switch away from the game if things aren't going too well but for longer periods. If I check back and the Pacers are coming back I will switch away again so I don't jinx them.
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    Jay's_Wife@Section204 and I are going to try to go to a concert on the night of every Pacers road playoff game for the rest of the season.

    Saturday night, we saw U2. Pacers win. We watched on TiVo at about 1am.

    Monday night, no concert, Pacers lose.

    Last night, we saw Mr. Springsteen (and he brought Spanish Johnny and Pueto Rican Jane along for the show ), Pacers win, we watch on TiVo at about midnight.

    I hate missing playoff games, but if that's what it takes for the Pacers to win...
    Why do the things that we treasure most, slip away in time
    Till to the music we grow deaf, to God's beauty blind
    Why do the things that connect us slowly pull us apart?
    Till we fall away in our own darkness, a stranger to our own hearts
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    I watched about half of a Law and Order SVU repeat on USA during the second quarter and halftime. It took all my energy to focus back on the third. But something about this team makes me believe - At the very least, I knew they'd make a run.

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    Jay's_Wife@Section204 and I are going to try to go to a concert on the night of every Pacers road playoff game for the rest of the season.

    Saturday night, we saw U2. Pacers win. We watched on TiVo at about 1am.

    Monday night, no concert, Pacers lose.

    Last night, we saw Mr. Springsteen (and he brought Spanish Johnny and Pueto Rican Jane along for the show ), Pacers win, we watch on TiVo at about midnight.

    I hate missing playoff games, but if that's what it takes for the Pacers to win...
    I know you're supposed to be going to games 3 & 4, but are you sure it wouldn't be best if we took up a PD donation and sent you off to a concert??

    I'm not joking.

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    I also adjust my sitting position for good luck. In addition I have a lot of superstition in the guess the score game. During our late run in the season I purposely picked the Pacers to lose, and we kept winning.

    So I did the same for the Boston series initially, but we got blown out. So I stopped participating and we started winning. So I thought I'd do the same for the Pistons, but then we got killed so last night I said the Pistons would win and OH YEAH!!!
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    1.) While watching a game I always wear a Pacers jersey, and I can't wrinkle it at all. Also, If i am wearing my reggie jersey, and he is playing poorly, I might switch to my Jermaine jersey, or maybe my Jax jersey.

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    During the boston series i put my boston red sox socks into the freezer. I need some detroit stuff, or someone needs to put some in the freezer for me.

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    For every game that we have won my 13 year old daughter has written "GO PACERS" around the top of my bottle of water. We have won every single time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pig Nash
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    During the boston series i put my boston red sox socks into the freezer. I need some detroit stuff, or someone needs to put some in the freezer for me.

    Classic! Too funny....

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    This started last year during the playoffs, but is much much more powerful during this playoff season:

    If I'm too busy from work to find a place to watch the game, we win. If I clear my schedule and sit down and watch the game, we lose. For games I haven't been able to watch live, we are 4-0 during the playoffs this year.

    No it isn't funny.
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    This started last year during the playoffs, but is much much more powerful during this playoff season:

    If I'm too busy from work to find a place to watch the game, we win. If I clear my schedule and sit down and watch the game, we lose. For games I haven't been able to watch live, we are 4-0 during the playoffs this year.

    No it isn't funny.

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    I have some homework you could do for me. No, really.

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    For every game that we have won my 13 year old daughter has written "GO PACERS" around the top of my bottle of water. We have won every single time.
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    I break out the "Our Lady of Guadalupe" candles during must win games and prop a picture of Reggie or JO in between the set. Works for football too....This year when the Colts played the Patties in the playoffs, I set up the shrine but the Colts were getting dismantled on the field. I couldn't figure it out.......turns out that I was using a Sports Illustrated cover of Marvin Harrison which is valid enough, but my stupid roomate had used that EXACT SI cover while he was clipping his nasty fungal toenails and jinxed the whole shrine. Now you know why the Colts lost and it had nothing to do w/Bilchiek or Weiss.
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    I break out the "Our Lady of Guadalupe" candles during must win games and prop a picture of Reggie or JO in between the set. Works for football too....This year when the Colts played the Patties in the playoffs, I set up the shrine but the Colts were getting dismantled on the field. I couldn't figure it out.......turns out that I was using a Sports Illustrated cover of Marvin Harrison which is valid enough, but my stupid roomate had used that EXACT SI cover while he was clipping his nasty fungal toenails and jinxed the whole shrine. Now you know why the Colts lost and it had nothing to do w/Bilchiek or Weiss.

    So THAT'S why the Colts were running all those stupid screen passes and had a gameplan that looked like it was put together by Barney Fife.

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    I'm certain everyone has superstitions about seating arrangements or who is or is not in the room. Or which team gets on a roll when someone leaves or enters a room.

    As I've mentioned, I usually watch the home games from a suite along with 15-20 other people. And with former players coming and going, things get more than a little superstitious in the suite.

    For example, between a trip to the restroom and a conversation with someone in the hall or while getting another beer from the refrigerator, someone may away from his seat for five minutes or so. And when the individual returns and sits down, if the Pacers suddenly go cold, or let's say Pierce goes off for about 5-6 straight points, everyone else blames it on the individual's return. So we banish him from his seat and he has to watch the next several minutes on the television, until the Pacers get things turned back around.

    We had one guy who brought his wife to the Boston series and she let everyone know that she had watched the Pacers from the suite four other times during the season and that they had always lost. That was a big mistake. Everyone in the suite, including McGinnis himself, gave her a hard time everytime the Pistons rallied, and also everytime the Pacers had a lull. We probably should have kicked her out... the Pacers lost.

    I'm not all that superstitous myself, but I like to play along. You have to cover your bases. You never know when karma is going to jump up and bite you in the arse.

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    So THAT'S why the Colts were running all those stupid screen passes and had a gameplan that looked like it was put together by Barney Fife.

    yeah man.........toenails.
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    Im very superstitious aswell... i do ridicilous things... (i play BBall to so i do these things for me and for the Pacer games sometimes)

    1. Before the game starts i always drink Coca Cola if i want a WIN very badly..(worked 80% of the time for me and 90% for the Pacers. Last time i did it was this last game... so u see, it works! ) and if i want just to score alot of points i drink Sprite.. (worked 80% of the time for me and 60% for Reggie)

    2. When the game is on the line in my bball games i always drink HALF glass of water and say "La illahe i Allah" (its islamic and i think it means "May God be with me") worked 80% of the time for me... i do the exact when Pacer game is on the line... worked 50% of the time (last time i did so was when Reggie tyed the Celtics game to 84-84 but then missed a 3PT shot)

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    Ahh....superstitions.

    About two hours, I strip naked and oil myself head to toe with something nice and floral I got from Bath and body works that morning. I shave my chest and stomach soo the petunias will adhere better and put on my wifes bra.

    I then sit in the empty bathtub with candles burning and listen to Sarah McLachlan music while massaging my temples, then wrap my upper body in saran wrap. I tuck flowers around the plastic and go into the back yard where I kneel by the tree and try to feel the essence of the nature around me.

    After about thirty minutes of communing with nature I go into the den and gently touch a photo of each Pacer, unless Jon Edwards is on the roster - he only gets careless tap. I then press a photo of David Stern against my butt - twenty seconds per cheek.

    I then perform an interpretive dance of victory which I learned from Tibetan master, annonting the television with perfume and oil (the TV is so sticky now....).

    By this time the game is usually over because I took so long performing the ritual, but it was worth it...

    wait...

    did I say that out loud?? Inside your head, Wally, inside your head......
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    Needless to say Harddrive . . .

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    Ahh....superstitions.

    About two hours, I strip naked and oil myself head to toe with something nice and floral I got from Bath and body works that morning. I shave my chest and stomach soo the petunias will adhere better and put on my wifes bra.

    I then sit in the empty bathtub with candles burning and listen to Sarah McLachlan music while massaging my temples, then wrap my upper body in saran wrap. I tuck flowers around the plastic and go into the back yard where I kneel by the tree and try to feel the essence of the nature around me.

    After about thirty minutes of communing with nature I go into the den and gently touch a photo of each Pacer, unless Jon Edwards is on the roster - he only gets careless tap. I then press a photo of David Stern against my butt - twenty seconds per cheek.

    I then perform an interpretive dance of victory which I learned from Tibetan master, annonting the television with perfume and oil (the TV is so sticky now....).

    By this time the game is usually over because I took so long performing the ritual, but it was worth it...

    wait...

    did I say that out loud?? Inside your head, Wally, inside your head......
    And to resurrect an old theme:

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    Ahh....superstitions.

    About two hours, I strip naked and oil myself head to toe with something nice and floral I got from Bath and body works that morning. I shave my chest and stomach soo the petunias will adhere better and put on my wifes bra.

    I then sit in the empty bathtub with candles burning and listen to Sarah McLachlan music while massaging my temples, then wrap my upper body in saran wrap. I tuck flowers around the plastic and go into the back yard where I kneel by the tree and try to feel the essence of the nature around me.

    After about thirty minutes of communing with nature I go into the den and gently touch a photo of each Pacer, unless Jon Edwards is on the roster - he only gets careless tap. I then press a photo of David Stern against my butt - twenty seconds per cheek.

    I then perform an interpretive dance of victory which I learned from Tibetan master, annonting the television with perfume and oil (the TV is so sticky now....).

    By this time the game is usually over because I took so long performing the ritual, but it was worth it...

    wait...

    did I say that out loud?? Inside your head, Wally, inside your head......

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    Im very superstitious aswell... i do ridicilous things... (i play BBall to so i do these things for me and for the Pacer games sometimes)

    1. Before the game starts i always drink Coca Cola if i want a WIN very badly..(worked 80% of the time for me and 90% for the Pacers. Last time i did it was this last game... so u see, it works! ) and if i want just to score alot of points i drink Sprite.. (worked 80% of the time for me and 60% for Reggie)

    2. When the game is on the line in my bball games i always drink HALF glass of water and say "La illahe i Allah" (its islamic and i think it means "May God be with me") worked 80% of the time for me... i do the exact when Pacer game is on the line... worked 50% of the time (last time i did so was when Reggie tyed the Celtics game to 84-84 but then missed a 3PT shot)
    When I'm thirsty I drink a Coke, it works 100% of the time.
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